The following is being issued on behalf of President David M. Dooley
October 3, 2016
We said our final goodbyes to Vice President for Administration and Finance Christina Valentino last week, and we wished her well as she returns to her family in California and again offered her our heartfelt thanks for her dedication and contributions to the University of Rhode Island during the past three years.
At the same time, we are announcing that two dedicated and longtime University administrators, J. Vernon Wyman and Linda A. Barrett, have been appointed to assume Christina’s responsibilities in the Division of Administration and Finance.
Vern, the assistant vice president for business services, will oversee the Department of Public Safety, the W. Alton Jones Campus and the Controller’s Office, and Linda, director of Budget and Financial Planning, will oversee Human Resources, the Compliance Office and the Ryan Center and Boss Arena. Vern and Linda will be members of the senior leadership team.
We are fortunate to have Vern and Linda, two dedicated public servants with vast knowledge of University operations, step up during this transitional time. They have seen the University through numerous budget and workforce challenges over the decades and have been at the forefront of the University’s exciting expansion of the student body, faculty hiring initiatives and the accompanying building boom in all sectors of the campus—academic, residential and athletic. Whether we have questions relating to a current project or budget issue or questions about a project completed decades ago, Vern and Linda usually have the answers at their fingertips.
Vern earned his bachelor’s degree from URI and pursued graduate-level studies in Community Planning at URI and has worked in the University’s business and finance administration under four University presidents. He served twice as interim vice president for business and finance. He also ran the Facilities and Operations Department as director, and was hired as the assistant vice president for business services in 1998, the position he holds today.
Linda is also a University graduate and has served for many years as director of budget and financial planning. During her tenure, she has also served in interim roles as associate vice president for finance, controller and vice president for business and finance.
As URI alumni, they are loyal to the entire University community and often put in lengthy hours to serve a University they love. Their work is reflected in the continuing growth and excellence of URI.
Please join me in congratulating them, as we all continue to work with them to move this great University forward.